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His quarterback, Geno Smith, had to buy in along with everyone else.
He had enjoyed working under Stewart and his offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen and had an attitude that Holgorsen had to alter.
“I thought I knew it all but I learned pretty quickly that I didn’t know anything,” Smith said. “It’s just a steady process, learning this offense. I try to pick Coach Holgorsen’s brain and figure out exactly what he wants.
“He’s one of those guys you’re never going to figure out. He always wants perfection. You want that from your coach. It has trickled down to this offense. We are now policing ourselves and I’m sure that takes some of the pressure off the coaches.”
Now, Holgorsen coaches in the Orange Bowl. Interestingly, it is not the biggest game in which he has ever been the head coach, for win or lose his season already has been defined. Far more to his credit was the way he was able to patch his team back together for the stretch run to get to this meeting with Clemson, a game that may be the last of the year but the launching pad for his career.
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